It’s interesting how things “get to you” in an unexpected way. I, like many others have been hearing reports about the story of the oil spill in the gulf. I try to keep up with the news – partly because I find it interesting, and also because I think it’s important to stay informed. With the advent of blogs and social media – what I’ve noticed over the years is how events become more real and more personal – as you hear so many more of the stories from people who are affected.
I went to New Orleans for the first time this fall, for a wedding, and like so many others before me I fell in love with the city. I’d love to go back some day, not just to New Orleans but also to visit some of the surrounding areas. It is a city rich in history, with an energy unlike any I’ve experienced elsewhere. But after Katrina, there is still a slight pall hanging over the city – the cities residents freely engage with visitors, and after learning that we were visiting, more than one local told us how the city has changed, and how it has affected their families.
Today while doing some research for my post – which with the sunny weather and our upcoming trip to California (see my last post for all the details on that) I thought would have some kind of of a beach or summer theme – as that’s my frame of mind these days! I came across the lovely shop of L. Young Studio – and was immediately reminded of Louisiana by items like the one pictured above. And then it reminded me of fellow blogger, Mallory, at Miss Malaprop who finds herself in the midst of the mess in the Gulf… And the beauty of the items in L. Young’s studio put it all together for me – it reminded me what a shame it is that they have to deal with more heartbreak.
So while it is almost summer here, and things are rosy for me – I take this as a reminder to consider what’s going on elsewhere and to see if there is at least a small way I can help in the links that Mallory has provided here.